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Manny Allamani: “Education is something that benefits not only people that are able to receive it, but the whole society itself. That’s why we should not allow the educational system to be transformed into merely training grounds for profit-oriented companies, but should remember that knowledge and education are values that we aim for.”

Occupy London School of Economics’ Manny Allamani talks about his group’s resistance against the marketization of public education, why universities have forgotten their true value, and the Occupy movement’s legacy on the goals and actions of a new generation of activists.

OccupyLSE has published statements, news and a list of demands of the university at their Tumblr.

Manny Allamani is a graduate student of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, where he is currently occupying as part of OccupyLSE.


Sarah Kendzior: “This is an ordinary place with a series of ordinary problems, that unfortunately, are fairly severe… I think to have severe problems has now become an ordinary part of American life.”

Writer Sarah Kendzior profiles the economic struggles ahead for the activists behind Ferguson’s protest movement, and explains how conflicting narratives about the story mirror persistent racial and class divisions.

Sarah profiles the lives and work of activists in her article Fergson, Inc. for Politico.

Sarah Kendzior is a St. Louis-based writer, researcher and consultant.



Sarah Kinosian: “There’s a concentration of power in the military – and it’s increasing. For instance with the military police – now the attorney general can’t investigate them. They’re accompanied by special prosecutors who have been assigned to them by a military-led council.”

Researcher Sarah Kinosian explains how political instability, institutionalized corruption, the drug war and American immigration policies created a violent new reality in Honduras, and why unaccountable aid money and increasing militarization make the problem worse.

Sarah is co-author (with Lisa Haugaard) of Honduras: A Government Failing to Protect Its People, a joint report for the Center for International Policy and Latin America Working Group.

Sarah Kinosian is the Latin America lead researcher at the Center for International Policy.



David Skalinder: “In 1960, if we had started taking the increase in productivity as a society in the form of ‘time’ instead of ‘more stuff,’ we would be able to pretty much maintain the 1960 standard of living and we would now be down to about 15 hours per week. “

In his latest View from the Agile Left, David Skalinder explains why it’s obvious that we should be working less hours, what John Maynard Keynes got wrong about the future, and why 15 – 20 hours of work a week seems about right, for hunter-gatherers and ruthless capitalists alike.

David Skalinder dreams of an agile and compelling ideology of the left; but that’s a quiet beat, so he usually reports on the nimble American right, the lumbering institutional left, and the confused frustration of everybody else on both sides of the Atlantic.


Per Espen Stoknes: “Guilt doesn’t help really. Fear of a climate apocalypse just generates guilt, and guilt creates passiveness. So people withdraw rather than become engaged.”

Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes analyzes the mental barriers to accepting (and actually doing something about) climate change, explains why fear and guilt can’t motivate action, and proposes a new narrative built on progress, cooperation and rewilding.

Per Espen is author of the new book What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action.

Per Espen Stoknes is an organizational psychologist, writer and economist.



Jeff Dorchen: “Sadly for him, Rush Limbaugh is not Monica Lewinsky, and will never do anything to the popularity of blowjobs, nor will he be a champion for the cyber-bullied.”

Jeff Dorchen watches Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk with Rush Limbaugh, the ghosts of standup comedy, the poor, the rich, the bullied, the sex-havers and the decent.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.